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Matthew Doner is starting over After a five year prison term that alters every aspect of his life he receives a beuest from his aunt with the stipulation that he use the money to make things right Breaking free of the long standing role he’s played and inspired by the few who support him he deci Oh my God this book was fantastic By far one of the sweetest books I have ever read I have never read a book like it before and I was glad I tried it A Better man has everything I love in the base of a romance and even It has passion and sweet moments with amazing characters to top it all off From the first page I was gripped and have never felt so connected to a story This is about the love that Matt and Julian share and the two of them dealing with the demons from their pasts And the two of them coming together and standing side by sideJulian was an amazing character He was just sweet funny witty and caring He was not perfect His flaws were shown and they were explained which was nice I loved the glimpses we were told about his past I felt so sorry for him when he told Matt everything The reveal of his middle name melted my heart I almost cried for him Julian I believe should have won an award for being such a great guy I would love to have a man like him as my boyfriend If I'm honest he was my favourite A boner looking for a handymanMatt was a character that grew on me after he started lusting after Julian Before that I could not connect with him at all Once the real Matt came out I was smitten Not only was he caring and loving but when he got nervous he was adorable His past was what helped me to love him the most but his love for J was another bonus in my eyes It was hard not to love him he was just what Julian needed And Julian was what he needed Its Doner D O N E R Doner J and MattI laughed I cried and I swooned while reading this book Its lovely to read a book about tough men that can be kittens when they are in love I have to say its a must read for me I would love to read from these two maybe a short story A wedding Babies Yes I'm a sap but I don't just want new characters I want of these two and the marriage and babies is just a suggestion More cutehot scenes would be appreciated too And I have read it about ten times and countingHighly recommend this

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Year romance simmers between them as they restore the house But there’s a bigger renovation that must take place in their hearts To become better men they need to learn to trust each other even with secrets and painful memories they fear may rip them apart NOTE 2nd edition is revised and expand I have re read this series many times and it has become one of my favorite mm series Though this first book is not my favorite so far that title belongs to book 3 I still enjoyed reading it very much After reading the other books in this series they all focuss on a different couple I got to know Matt and Julian even better which made me enjoy re reading this one even Matt has spend 5 years in prison for a crime he himself did not commit He decided to take the fall for it because he wanted to cover for his brotherNow that he's out he wants to build a half way house for people just like him Getting help fixing up the old building he wants to use is not as easy thoughEnter Julian Capeletti handyman He answers the add in the paper to help restore the old building Julian seems to be kind of cold but that's because he has his own horrible past to deal withSlowly these two men start opening up to each otherThis is a slow burn romance  You won't find any insta love in this one but you will find a lot of sexual tension I just wish the steamy scenes would have been a bit detailed but heythat's just me ;   This review is posted on Wendy's Wycked Words  

Jaime Reese Ì 6 review

Des to create a safe place where people like him can find purpose and start a new lifeJulian Capeletti likes challenges He is confident brash stubborn and just what Matt needs Desperate for work after a downturn of luck he accepts the job to renovate Matt’s crumbling buildingOver the course of a A Better Man is one of my favorite books of all time I read it the first time it was released and I fell in love with both the characters and the story I didn't know how I would feel reading it with things changed I worried about the changes slightly but I didn't really panic I was excited than anything And when I started reading this again I soon realized that I would have no issues loving these characters again Jaime Reese did a wonderful job adding and rewriting scenes She didn't change the core of this story and that I believe is the reason this is still on my favorites listI really loved the characters Matt who did something amazing for his younger brother and almost ruined his own life in the process was really easy to like He had family issues that really made him as a person and I think that was part of the reason I loved him But J really stole my heart in this book He was everything I love in a character and I loved how much he loved Matt His past like Matt's wasn't easy and he had his demons but he was always there when Matt needed him I couldn't have picked a better pair and my love for both of them just grew as I read the book Their relationship was fun and snarky but sometimes serious and I rooted for them from the beginningThis book wasn't really angsty but saying that there was some drama in this Between Matt's family his mother really and the secrets he kept from J plus J's past it all had the potential to be really hard to read And while I was reading I was waiting for something to go really wrong and I was overcome with dread during one of the scenes but these guys were solid and nothing tore them apart If anything the troubles in their lives brought them closer together So nothing was ever OTT or too much in this and that was something I was appreciative ofThe dialogue between the two guys made me feel all happy and mushy inside I read romance because I love romantic scenes But I also like having fun while I read and the banter between these guys was awesome It was like watching two best friends fall in love And that was another great thing These guys became friends and then they became Sure there were a couple of kisses before they became a couple But they also fell in love before becoming an official couple and that was a huge bonus And no matter how lovey dovey they were the banter never disappeared which can happen sometimesOne of my favorite scenes is the one where they meet for the first time It had me laughing so hard that I had tears in my eyes and I couldn't stop Honestly I was so glad that scene was in this book because it really made this book what it was for me Among many other scenes but this was the first scene that really made me think This book is amazing Hello Mr Boner He smiled Gosh this was never going to get old It's Doner He heard an aggravated man's voice from one of the rooms on the right Oh sorry the ad read Boner He just couldn't resist throwing that in there one time The irritated man walked out into the hallway stopped and crossed his arms It's Doner D O N E R Doner He could spell it any way he wanted a s s h o l e was the only thing that ran through Julian's mind at that momentAnd there was this I love you Matt he said then softly pressed his lips to Matt's in a tender kiss When they separated Matt was smiling his eyes bright with emotion I love you he responded and reached up to touch Julian His fingers ghosted over Julian's temples and down the side of his face to his chinI have always adored the I love you I love you scene It's another scene that really made this book what it was for me But it was also one of those romantic scenes that made me feel so many things It was just so very very good and I think it's one of those scenes you can really tell how much Matt and J love each otherThis is a must read in my opinion And I cannot wait for the seuel 2 up to touch Julian His fingers ghosted over Julian's temples and down the side of his face to his chinI have always adored the I love you I love you scene It's another scene that really made this book what it was for me But it was also one of those romantic scenes that made me feel so many things It was just so very very good and I think it's one of those scenes you can really tell how much Matt and J love each otherThis is a must read in my opinion And I cannot wait for the seuel


10 thoughts on “A Better Man The Men of Halfway House #1

  1. says:

    This lost its footing and slipped over the edge of the too much sap cliff You know how critics of the mm genre say the MCs are women written as men? Well this is that kind of book Not that women all behave like this; just that the stereotype holds true here I don't know anyone IRL who would act like this regardless of gender identity The level of Love you No love you makes me itchy and unsettled Actually all stereotypes hold true in this book Workaholic dad phobic mother abusive dad everyone is a cardboard cutout There's no sense that this is real life There is the potential for an interesting secondary female character but then she only gets two tiny scenes and about 10 lines totalThe kissing descriptions were lovely Yay for kissingOverall just a very average book for me sorry


  2. says:

    Written January 19 201533 Stars Nice and tender A Better Man is a year long MM romance about a house and two damaged men It has been waiting here unread since last February My expectations were big Matthew Doner is starting over after some years in prison He has a dream and receives a beuest a legacy from an old aunt with the stipulation that he use the money to make things right again Matt use the money to buy an old house a house which needs to be renovated from the ground He wants to make a future Halfway House”It's a place of second chance Sometimes when people get out of prison they have a hard time getting back on their feet whether it be money family or whatever the reason We want it to be welcoming like a home should be so they feel comfortable enough to take that chance and take charge of their life”Matt isn't at all a handyman type and hires a ualified construction worker to do the job for him Julian Capeletti is in urgent need of a new construction job or any work for money actually so he accepts the job for a uite low pay To make it possible to make it on that money and he himself in just a year Julian has to move in From that day are they both living and working together in the unfinished house Here starts an very slowly growing friends and later lovers relationship There were some touching sweet moments but I —and Julian— had to be patient ‘He needed some blazing neon sign from Matt before he'd even consider making another move If Matt needed time Julian would gladly give him however much he needed if being with Matt was the prize’This book or less had everything but still I really missed that special feeling Something I'm not sure what was kind of missing for me These main characters Matt and Julian are two lovely easy to like men Their life stories are uite heartbreaking I felt for them The storyline the plot and the disposition with these short chapters and focus on interesting events during a year was nicely done There were also some thrilling but maybe too melodramatic secret family drama to add an very angsty feeling to it all I should probably have been stunned and felt But I'm sorry to say I didn't ‘He should apologize and remove his hand but Matt's face was like a magnet Their eyes met then Matt closed his eyes and leaned into Julian's hand Julian's chest tightened He slowly moved his thumb back and forth caressing Matt's cheek His heartbeat sped up heat rose through his body and it was damn near impossible to swallow past the lump in his throat’ A Better Man ended up as a sweet read I enjoyed partly but it didn't give me any bigger desire to continue this series or look for books by this author I don't want to complain I can see why a lot of friends loved it but maybe was it just the wrong week for me view spoiler It just felt like I got too much pink fluff and happiness in the end — When Matt's dad completely changed his ways and started to at last talk to his son was it next to too much for me I just couldn't believe it — Less had been better hide spoiler


  3. says:

    Oh my God this book was fantastic By far one of the sweetest books I have ever read I have never read a book like it before and I was glad I tried it A Better man has everything I love in the base of a romance and even It has passion and sweet moments with amazing characters to top it all off From the first page I was gripped and have never felt so connected to a story This is about the love that Matt and Julian share and the two of them dealing with the demons from their pasts And the two of them coming together and standing side by sideJulian was an amazing character He was just sweet funny witty and caring He was not perfect His flaws were shown and they were explained which was nice I loved the glimpses we were told about his past I felt so sorry for him when he told Matt everything The reveal of his middle name melted my heart I almost cried for him Julian I believe should have won an award for being such a great guy I would love to have a man like him as my boyfriend If I'm honest he was my favourite A boner looking for a handymanMatt was a character that grew on me after he started lusting after Julian Before that I could not connect with him at all Once the real Matt came out I was smitten Not only was he caring and loving but when he got nervous he was adorable His past was what helped me to love him the most but his love for J was another bonus in my eyes It was hard not to love him he was just what Julian needed And Julian was what he needed Its Doner D O N E R Doner J and MattI laughed I cried and I swooned while reading this book Its lovely to read a book about tough men that can be kittens when they are in love I have to say its a must read for me I would love to read from these two maybe a short story A wedding? Babies? Yes I'm a sap but I don't just want new characters I want of these two and the marriage and babies is just a suggestion More cutehot scenes would be appreciated too And I have read it about ten times and countingHighly recommend this


  4. says:

    325 starsThis is my first book by this author It started pretty good and I actually enjoyed it but at one point it became unexpectedly sweet It's not something I've enjoyed lately When both main characters are super reserved and keep their distance for months but they use the L word all of the sudden well I kind of rolled my eyesTheir back stories are very sad but I've enjoyed how it all fell into place in the end A little unbelievable but that's OK Wish in real life some parents could wake up sooner rather than later and try to save their relationships with their kids Even if they were absent most of their livesSo overall it was a nice story and it kept my interest I've read it in one sitting and can't wait to read the next books Looking at all those high ratings I'd say I'll need to read them soon


  5. says:

    This book is very cute But it's too much I felt I was forced to love the MCs and as such I was compelled to resist to their charms I honestly had a hard time finishing the book First I thought my slowness was because my brain was catching up on some sleep after long weeks of studying for my exams or the fact I got hooked to a TV series But then I began reading another book after finishing this one and I couldn't put it down so I stayed the wee hours with the lights on till my eyelids were to heavy to lift Even that book made me feel warm in the belly whereas A Better Man couldn't even start a fire So in the end it was the book's fault not mineThe main problem is that the characters were too perfect for me Their lives are too perfect dramas I felt for them instantly Well not really I liked their interactions I liked the I love youI love you seuences I liked the premise But something failed in the developing of it all There were clear dots but the lines to join them all didn't draw the picture I expectedMatt was the perfect brother and of course he says he's the view spoilerguilty one hide spoiler


  6. says:

    A Better Man is one of my favorite books of all time I read it the first time it was released and I fell in love with both the characters and the story I didn't know how I would feel reading it with things changed I worried about the changes slightly but I didn't really panic I was excited than anything And when I started reading this again I soon realized that I would have no issues loving these characters again Jaime Reese did a wonderful job adding and rewriting scenes She didn't change the core of this story and that I believe is the reason this is still on my favorites listI really loved the characters Matt who did something amazing for his younger brother and almost ruined his own life in the process was really easy to like He had family issues that really made him as a person and I think that was part of the reason I loved him But J really stole my heart in this book He was everything I love in a character and I loved how much he loved Matt His past like Matt's wasn't easy and he had his demons but he was always there when Matt needed him I couldn't have picked a better pair and my love for both of them just grew as I read the book Their relationship was fun and snarky but sometimes serious and I rooted for them from the beginningThis book wasn't really angsty but saying that there was some drama in this Between Matt's family his mother really and the secrets he kept from J plus J's past it all had the potential to be really hard to read And while I was reading I was waiting for something to go really wrong and I was overcome with dread during one of the scenes but these guys were solid and nothing tore them apart If anything the troubles in their lives brought them closer together So nothing was ever OTT or too much in this and that was something I was appreciative ofThe dialogue between the two guys made me feel all happy and mushy inside I read romance because I love romantic scenes But I also like having fun while I read and the banter between these guys was awesome It was like watching two best friends fall in love And that was another great thing These guys became friends and then they became Sure there were a couple of kisses before they became a couple But they also fell in love before becoming an official couple and that was a huge bonus And no matter how lovey dovey they were the banter never disappeared which can happen sometimesOne of my favorite scenes is the one where they meet for the first time It had me laughing so hard that I had tears in my eyes and I couldn't stop Honestly I was so glad that scene was in this book because it really made this book what it was for me Among many other scenes but this was the first scene that really made me think This book is amazing Hello? Mr Boner? He smiled Gosh this was never going to get old It's Doner He heard an aggravated man's voice from one of the rooms on the right Oh sorry the ad read Boner He just couldn't resist throwing that in there one time The irritated man walked out into the hallway stopped and crossed his arms It's Doner D O N E R Doner He could spell it any way he wanted a s s h o l e was the only thing that ran through Julian's mind at that momentAnd there was this I love you Matt he said then softly pressed his lips to Matt's in a tender kiss When they separated Matt was smiling his eyes bright with emotion I love you he responded and reached up to touch Julian His fingers ghosted over Julian's temples and down the side of his face to his chinI have always adored the I love you I love you scene It's another scene that really made this book what it was for me But it was also one of those romantic scenes that made me feel so many things It was just so very very good and I think it's one of those scenes you can really tell how much Matt and J love each otherThis is a must read in my opinion And I cannot wait for the seuel


  7. says:

    I have re read this series many times and it has become one of my favorite mm series Though this first book is not my favorite so far that title belongs to book 3 I still enjoyed reading it very much After reading the other books in this series they all focuss on a different couple I got to know Matt and Julian even better which made me enjoy re reading this one even Matt has spend 5 years in prison for a crime he himself did not commit He decided to take the fall for it because he wanted to cover for his brotherNow that he's out he wants to build a half way house for people just like him Getting help fixing up the old building he wants to use is not as easy thoughEnter Julian Capeletti handyman He answers the add in the paper to help restore the old building Julian seems to be kind of cold but that's because he has his own horrible past to deal withSlowly these two men start opening up to each otherThis is a slow burn romance  You won't find any insta love in this one but you will find a lot of sexual tension I just wish the steamy scenes would have been a bit detailed but heythat's just me ;   This review is posted on Wendy's Wycked Words  


  8. says:

    First review written November 2012 The nicest thing about this story was the love between the two main guys it grew between them gently and tenderly and by doing so forged a true connection that weathered every obstacle thrown at them including both their past histories and Matts obnoxious mother In most stories these would normally cause the reuisite ' separation ' that generally is the fallout in a lot of mm novels when the you know what hits the fan to fill out the angst uota but in this case it actually brings them closer together there are moments of conflict but Julian never reacts how Matt expects his support is unwavering and I never once doubted them not making their love and Matt's dreams for his halfway house work Its seeing how it all comes together that makes the story and these two lovely men burrow their way into your heart A lovely story that may not have the excitement factor but will leave you feeling that true love does exist and will warm a lot of hearts A small cast of characters who make up a big hearted book LovelyEdit 1214I have to be totally honest its uite a while since I read this the first time in 2012 so I'm hard pressed to be able to say exactly where all the re writes have been added unless I read both copies alongside each other I could because I've still got the original but I do know that I enjoyed this just as much again if not and it definitely felt fleshed out especially around Matt and his bitch of a mother and I'm sure there was Matt and Julian time I love Matt and Julian as a couple I love the chemistry they share and I love how as I've said before they support each other through whatever conflict they come across without getting all stubborn and overly dramatic They both have baggage but they get through it together And I also have a fondness for Matts good friend Sam I still have the other version it was a keeper then so now I've got this one with added extras its definitely not going anywhere I think this is a really lovely story and its one I'll come back to to again Special thanks to Jaime for giving me the chance to read this again Still a five star read for me


  9. says:

    This is a really good romance that check mark the things I like to read from the genre The story happens for a year highlighting the important events in Matt and Julian's road to relationship It has a wonderful build up some lovely and sweet scenes and the heartwarming HEAJulian is a contractor that is out of job and behind his rent when he decides to answer Matt's ad for handyman While Matt is an ex convict sentenced for five years term after a white collar crime that is not completely his own fault The sexual tension is strong but the men don't uickly act on it I love how this is being played out One particular thing that leads to the first kiss is kinda cute IMHOWhile the I love you comes early I think it's about half mark but there are enough sub plots to be told before the end It involves Matt's still in the closet from his parents and his mother being a cold btch So the relationship progresses even after the I love you part My favorite scene will be their Valentine's Day where Matt's gift to Julian is so significant I feel my heart sueezed for the beauty of itI am really happy to know that there will be stories coming from The Halfway House I'd love to see the house with new residents coming as well as getting update on Matt and his J


  10. says:

    I LOVE YOU MOREWhat a fabulous story this was Matt and J were a lovely couple and thoroughly deserved to ride off into the sunset After the childhood that both men had had I was amazed that they were as well adjusted as they undoubtedly were Can't say I was that keen on Alex but who knows maybe marriage to Lindy will turn him around and help him to grow up Matt Alex's father Mitch has at last 'grown a pair' and will hopefully no longer be a complete doormat for his hateful bitch of a wife and Sam well Sam was the kind of friend and mentor that everyone deserves to have 45 stars


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